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Consider this scenario...Sam ate 4 cookies. Now if someone asks Sam How many you had, then Sam will reply 4. But how should the question be formed so that the answer Sam gives will be 4th instead of 4?

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Ordinal number means the order of a number in a sequence (e.g. first, second, third etc).

So the question could be phrased as-: What is the ordinal number of the last cookie Sam ate?

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  • Thanks @suspectus but if the scenario we are facing or the situation is a totally informal one, won't the answer u suggested sound a bit too technical or formal..?
    – user308123
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 13:31
  • @user308123 there are already two questions (listed above) with numerous answers, maybe some of those answers will help.
    – suspectus
    Commented Dec 7, 2018 at 16:00

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